Thursday, January 2, 2020

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending September 16, 2001

Prior to 1974, there would be random weeks in the year in which Nielsen would not measure the TV ratings, these were called "black weeks" (read more here). The very last of these "black weeks" was the week of April 23, 1973 - April 29, 1973. Every week since April 30, 1973, except for one, Nielsen has released a weekly ratings report. That one week was the week of September 10, 2001 - September 16, 2001. Due to the events of Tuesday September 11, 2001, news coverage dominated the television sphere and pre-empted almost everything on air. Out of respect, Nielsen did not release the weekly broadcast ratings for this week. They did; however, release the top 15 cable ratings and the daily overnight ratings. Both have been posted below.

Broadcast Overnight Ratings:
SHOWDAYNETHousehold
Rating
Who Wants to Be a MillionaireMONABC10.4/17
Monday Night FootballMONABC14.9/22
The King of QueensMONCBS6.4/10
Everybody Loves Raymond (8:30pm)MONCBS7.3/11
Everybody Loves Raymond (9pm)MONCBS9.9/15
BeckerMONCBS7.7/11
Family LawMONCBS5.2/8
Weakest LinkMONNBC5.7/9
Third WatchMONNBC5.7/8
Dateline NBCMONNBC9.3/15
Boston PublicMONFOX4.2/7
Ally McBealMONFOX4.2/7
The Hughley'sMONUPN3.7/6
One on OneMONUPN4.1/6
The ParkersMONUPN4.6/7
GirlfriendsMONUPN4.7/7
7th HeavenMONWB3.7/6
AngelMONWB2.2/3
Primetime News Coverage 9/11TUENBC14.7/20
Primetime News Coverage 9/11TUEABC12.0/17
Primetime News Coverage 9/11TUECBS10.2/14
Primetime News Coverage 9/11TUEFOX5.0/7
Primetime News Coverage 9/11TUEUPN1.8/2
Primetime News Coverage 9/11TUEWB2.2/3
Primetime News Coverage 9/11WEDNBC11.2/16
Primetime News Coverage 9/11WEDABC9.5/14
Primetime News Coverage 9/11WEDCBS8.3/12
Primetime News Coverage 9/11WEDFOX4.5/7
Star Trek: VoyagerWEDUPN2.0/3
Special Unit 2WEDUPN2.3/3
7th HeavenWEDWB3.0/5
Gilmore GirlsWEDWB3.0/4
Primetime News Coverage 9/11THUNBC11.0/16
Primetime News Coverage 9/11THUABC10.7/16
Primetime News Coverage 9/11THUCBS8.0/12
Primetime News Coverage 9/11THUFOX4.2/6
WWF SmackdownTHUUPN4.1/6
Sabrina Down UnderTHUWB3.4/5
ABC NewsFRIABC7.5/14
Who Wants to Be a MillionaireFRIABC7.1/14
20/20 DowntownFRIABC6.6/12
Primetime News Coverage 9/11FRINBC6.8/12
Primetime News Coverage 9/11FRICBS6.4/12
Primetime News Coverage 9/11FRIFOX2.4/4

Available Broadcast Viewership figures:
SHOWDAYRatingViewers
(millions)
Total News CoverageTUE6979.5
Total News CoverageWED63.554.8
Total News CoverageTHU63.852.8

Cable Ratings:
SHOWNETDAYRatingViewers
(millions)
BUSH ADDRS/USA ATTACKEDCNNTue6.26.539
EXPLOSIONS IN AFGHANISTANCNNTue6.06.351
ATTACK ON AMERICACNNTue6.06.336
ATTACK ON AMERICACNNTue6.06.328
ATTACK ON AMERICACNNTue5.96.253
RUMSFELD PC/USA ATTACKEDCNNTue5.86.115
ASHCROFT PC/USA ATTACKEDCNNTue5.65.876
CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS BRFCNNTue5.55.843
ATTACK ON AMERICACNNTue5.55.763
ATTACK ON AMERICACNNTue5.15.331
ATTACK ON AMERICACNNTue5.15.328
ATTACK ON AMERICACNNTue5.05.324
TALIBAN NEWS CONFERENCECNNTue5.05.289
ATTACK ON AMERICACNNWed5.05.277
ATTACK ON AMERICACNNTue5.05.244
ATTACK ON AMERICACNNTue-5.085
ATTACK ON AMERICACNNTue-4.956
ATTACK ON AMERICACNNTue-4.904
ATTACK ON AMERICACNNTue-4.895
ATTACK ON AMERICACNNTue-4.818
ATTACK ON AMERICACNNTue-4.807
ATTACK ON AMERICACNNTue-4.797

Cable Ratings (18-49):
SHOWNETDAYTIMEAdults 18-49
(millions)
Bush Address/USA AttackedCNNTue08:32P-08:38P5.589
Attack On AmericaCNNTue08:00P-08:30P5.183
Attack On AmericaCNNTue07:30P-08:00P5.051
Rumsfeld PC/USA AttackedCNNTue06:44P-06:55P4.461
Attack On AmericaCNNTue08:38P-09:00P4.437
Explosions In AfghanistanCNNTue05:58P-06:32P4.421
Attack On AmericaCNNTue06:35P-06:44P4.397
Congressional Leaders BriefCNNTue07:24P-07:30P4.303
Ashcroft PC/USA AttackedCNNTue07:16P-07:24P4.140
Attack On AmericaCNNTue06:59P-07:16P3.966

Source: Zap2it & Media Life Magazine

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